ON VIEW NOW
JULY 19 - SEPT. 1
Featuring: Joseph Shaeffer, Berger&Föhr, Jodi Stuart & Chad Erpelding
Digital systems in design, painting and sculpture.
[Hand-Rudy & MacMillan] Jodi Stuart
[Polly Addison & MacMillan] Chad Erpelding
[McMahon] Berger & Föhr, Joseph Shaeffer
The artists in this exhibition use data, systems and information to portrait a seemingly simple concept, only to expose its complexity. In some of the work the process is more important than the final product.
In the McMahon Gallery a joint exhibition titled “WORK WORK” brings together a well-known Boulder duo, Berger & Föhr, (who own a design firm of the same name and started Ello, an online social media platform) and trans-disciplinary studio artist Joseph Shaeffer. The works included in this exhibition are the realization of a near two-decade-long dialogue between the artists representing their shared and differing perspectives on the relationships between their collective output, their day jobs; Joseph as a physics laboratory technician and Berger & Fohr as graphic designers, and their larger contemporary art practices. United by a shared affinity for concept, processes, systems, and constrained, graphic minimalism, the artists present the findings of a highly contextual, materials-driven series of day-to-day explorations into their unique work-to-art or “WORK WORK” relationship.
An exhibition titled “Market Watch” by Chad Erpelding, featured in the MacMillan Family Lobby, challenges viewers to consider their relationships with global institutions while reevaluating their understanding of place in a global community. Through extensive research of corporations, political systems, governmental organizations, stock markets etc., Erpelding looks to discover various representations of global networks and activities.
He then transform this data into a visually complex work of art with conceptually disorienting elements, both revealing and concealing information. In this exhibition he explores two forms of trading capital, one transparent and one opaque, and offers a glimpse into a complicated global network.
The Hand/Rudy Gallery features the work of local artist Jodi Stuart. “Pseudomorph” (An irregular or unclassifiable form) explores the super-synthetic materials of Technoculture in relation to tactile and sensory experience. Her exhibition strives to stimulate her viewers senses through a combination of virtual and physical – digital production and the handmade. “I aim to subvert the materials and tools of high-tech culture by using laborious and tactile processes. My sculptural forms are made by hand, using the plastic filaments intended for 3d digital printing. In using a ‘3d-pen’ I replace the computer algorithm with the human hand, in a kind of nostalgic beautiful gesture.” Through a combination of materials and forms, Stuart creates an uneasy optical space where craft traditions such as weaving, knitting, basket making are juxtaposed with abstracted virtual space and biomorphic forms.